He Senate of Argentina approved at dawn this Wednesday a project that allows free access to abortion up to the 14th week of gestation, which was promoted by the Government of Alberto Fernandez and it was a historical claim of feminist groups. The news was recorded by the main world media.
The text, which had already been approved by the Deputies on December 11, received the votes in favor of 38 senators, 29 against and one abstention, after a 12-hour session and during which thousands of people, for or against the law, gathered outside Congress waiting for the result.
The British Middle The Guardian Title: “Argentina legalizes abortion in a historic milestone for women’s rights”. In addition, he stressed that the country is the third in South America to legalize this practice.
The project represents a strong change from the current situation -in which only legal abortion is allowed if the woman was raped or her life is in danger– and authorizes the conscientious objection of doctors who do not want to participate in the abortion, but provided that they quickly refer patients to other professionals who carry it out.
When the result of the vote was known, the crowd of people gathered at the gates of Parliament inside the green tide – as the groups that support legalization are known – launched shouts of joy and excitement, in contrast to the disappointment of the celestial or “pro-life” collectives, who rejected their approval.
In Spain they also echoed the news and the newspaper The country highlighted the event that, he considers the medium, can open the doors for more Latin American countries to decide to legalize abortion.
This is the second time in history that a project to legalize the voluntary interruption of pregnancy is debated in the Argentine Congress, after 2018 a similar text but elaborated by a civil platform, will be approved by the deputies but not by the Senate.
A year later, the current president, Alberto Fernández, promised in his electoral campaign promote a new law, with the main aim of reducing clandestine abortions, which put women’s lives at risk, especially those that cannot afford private clinics where, despite being illegal, they practice it safely.
The French newspaper Liberation Title: “Argentina finally legalizes abortion, the rest of Latin America is left behind “, in reference to the fact that the practice is considered “taboo” in the region, where they take place near two million illegal abortions per year.
The final approval of this project achieved today represents, after the political negotiations that led to garnering more support than two years ago, a success for the president after a difficult 2020 marked by the coronavirus pandemic and the impossibility of getting out of the serious recession that has dragged the country since 2018.
While a adjusted result or even the possibility of a draw, until the last moment there were talks to extend the lead, with promises of slight changes in the project. And finally, some undecided or positioned against the text decided to change their opinion and vote in favor.
The BBC He highlighted on its cover that Argentina legalized abortion after a “marathon debate” and that the law allows abortions up to the 14th week of pregnancy in the “highly Catholic nation.”
The American newspaper The New York Times highlighted that Argentina legalized abortion, which he considered a “Milestone in the conservative region”: “The Senate vote on Wednesday was a great victory for the growing feminist movement in Latin America, and its effects are likely to spread. “
CNN noted that the Argentine Senate approved a “Historic bill to legalize abortion” in “a historic vote considered a great victory for defenders of abortion rights in the country with a Catholic majority.”
In the same vein, the French newspaper The world rated the event as a “Historic vote in favor of abortion.”
The law also advocates the State responsibility to implement the Comprehensive Sex Education law and also updates the prison sentences with which the people who cause the abortion or who consent to it after the deadline and allowed grounds will be repressed.
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